Mentally ill in N.C. could face loss of homes – Raleigh News & Observer

For years, North Carolina has been warned to take better care of its mentally ill residents. This summer, federal officials have declared they’re tired of waiting.

Federal agencies that provide substantial funding for services to people with mental illness say that far too many of them are living in adult care homes, and the agencies are threatening to stop paying the bills. Last month, the federal Department of Justice stepped in, saying the state has violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to provide housing for mentally ill people other than institutions such as mental hospitals and adult care homes.

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